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Applications for UGHE's Master of Science in Global Health Delivery are open.

UGHE is now accepting applications for the one-year, full-time Master of Science in Global Health Delivery. Courses for the MGHD Class of 2021 will begin in September of 2020.

UGHE is a new university based in Rwanda that is building the next generation of global health professionals—doctors, nurses, researchers, and public health and policy experts—into leaders and changemakers who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. We’re reimagining health education to ensure that quality health care reaches every individual in every corner of the globe.


The Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD) is UGHE’s flagship academic program. Modelled after a similar program at Harvard Medical School, the MGHD provides a one-of-a-kind learning experience fundamentally rooted in the principles of global health, One Health, epidemiology, global health policy, management, health finance, and leadership. View the MGHD course catalogue.

Interdisciplinary collaboration is essential to improving health outcomes and achieving equitable global health care delivery. UGHE’s MGHD program emphasizes transnational health issues and the various strategies required to tackle these, including disease surveillance, health systems management, and individual and population-based interventions. Students will acquire the diverse skill set and management training needed to successfully empower teams and respond to the complex health challenges of our world.

The MGHD program prepares students to serve in health care delivery settings across the globe by:

  • Prioritizing hands-on and practical field experience. Lessons are disseminated through problem-based and experiential learning and incorporate case studies, group work, and field visits. Students gain experience in evidence-based management and delivery through the Practicum, which fosters professional development and career networking, and equips them with effective problem-solving skills.

  • Focusing on “systems” rather than symptoms. Addressing the critical social and systemic forces causing inequities and inefficiencies in health care delivery requires a comprehensive understanding of effective delivery systems. Knowledge of the broader social, political, and environmental factors that matter for health pushes students to look at the bigger picture.

  • Emphasizing leadership and management. While many health education programs see these skills as an “add-on,” UGHE believes training in leadership and management is essential to developing a generation of bold leaders who push for large-scale change in health systems. Students also receive individual mentorship throughout the MGHD program.

MGHD faculty are from Harvard Medical School, Yale University, Tufts University, Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, and the Rwanda Biomedical Center among others. Students also learn from community health workers in rural villages near UGHE’s campus and ministry officials, a training model that provides students with a profound understanding of the realities of problem-solving in under-resourced settings. With a unique focus on practical experience outside the classroom, the MGHD program ensures that students understand the complexity of delivering care in all settings.


Principles of Global Health Equity provides an interdisciplinary introduction to global health equity. It frames global health using a biosocial perspective, in order to better understand and critique efforts to deliver equitable health care throughout the world. The course draws from social theories, One Health, as well as various disciplines, including history, anthropology and epidemiology, to analyze and to explain global health challenges and attempts to address them.

Evidence-based Global Health Delivery: Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Methods introduces students to fundamental research designs and monitoring and evaluation tools, conveying basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics and exploring the strengths and limitations of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research designs to answer various research questions. Students learn to use data to design and evaluate the impact of health care delivery interventions and also to be critical consumers of scientific research and policy.

Leadership and Management are designed to mentor students to effectively manage change, people, and one’s self, as well as how to carry out an effective and efficient project and team management. Students design personal leadership action plans and implement solutions that address challenges faced by health service delivery organizations. Students learn how to use leadership to promote organizational development, provide constructive feedback, work effectively across cultures, and develop their networking and influencing skills. These competencies are engaged through active and reflective learning that can be applied in the workplace and in their personal and professional development.

Managing Global Health Care Delivery provides a review of key strategy and management practices in global health programs and explores the essential components of high-value programs. It is designed to train managers on how to apply, to test, and to refine current frameworks in health care delivery. Students are challenged to apply the value-based delivery framework to programs in which they work. This course is designed to provide an overview of managerial functions to equip health services managers with the knowledge and skills to understand, to organize, and to manage complex organizations. Students will study the theory and practice of health care delivery, their roles within the health system, and how organizations function. They will then learn the managerial procedures and processes necessary to effectively achieve positive health outcomes. Through active learning methodologies, students will understand and apply the material in a practical manner.

Health Policy and Political Economy are designed to introduce students to conceptual frameworks of policy analysis and walk them through relevant examples of public health policy analysis. Ultimately, the course should develop students’ background knowledge and equip them with the conceptual tools they need to analyze the influence of political and economic forces on social determinants of health.

Practicum gives students hands-on experience in research design, implementation, management, analysis, and results in dissemination, further preparing them for their futures as global health leaders and change-makers. The practicum is designed to teach students how to understand and then address problems scientifically, strategically, and collaboratively with stakeholders from the partnering organization using evidence-based methods that they have learned throughout their tenure at UGHE. Students will work in a small group, propose and design a project that will address a challenge the organization is facing. They will travel to the location of their host organization (this may be outside of Rwanda) and work onsite closely with the stakeholders within and served by the organization for 12 weeks to complete the field-based component of the project. During and after their placements, students will produce tangible academic deliverables and develop products for wider dissemination, such as recommendations for system improvement, training programs, future research, program evaluation, and policy memos. Through this process, students will utilize principles of evidence-based management to translate research into practice and to improve health care delivery and systems. They demonstrate leadership in promoting organizational development, training and mentoring partner organizations in global health delivery practices, addressing complex operational challenges effectively and efficiently, and engaging in practices that foster lifelong learning and personal and professional development.

Scholarship Opportunities

Students typically meet their tuition requirements through a combination of government scholarship support, training or study fellowships, private loans, personal funds, and UGHE scholarship support. We encourage MGHD candidates to take the initiative to research external funding opportunities in advance of their acceptance into the program.

UGHE is committed to alleviating the burden of tuition for students through equity affirmative payment plans and scholarship opportunities. All MGHD candidates are invited to submit a scholarship application with their application.

Flexible Payment Plans

UGHE provides the opportunity for students to divide their tuition into smaller, more manageable payments. Students have the option to be invoiced once per semester or once per month. The University also provides students with the option to extend monthly payments a year beyond their studies. Academic transcripts and diplomas will be withheld until all tuition payments are fulfilled.

UGHE Scholarships

High-quality applicants are admitted into the MGHD program irrespective of their ability to pay tuition. Financial need will be determined on an individual basis and only after a full assessment of a student’s financial capacity. Scholarship recipients will be notified in advance of the MGHD decision deadline.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

The Moskovitz Scholarship for Women in Global Health Leadership

In an effort to advance the status of women, UGHE has established the Moskovitz Scholarship for Women in Global Health Leadership. This will be awarded annually to incoming MGHD candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to equity and a strong desire to advance global health delivery. Tuition support will be awarded to female MGHD candidates. Award distribution will be determined after a careful evaluation of each candidate’s application and financial need.


  • Female

  • Performed exceptionally well on all stages of the admission process (e.g., application, exam and interview)

  • Demonstrated financial need

  • Preference will be given to nationals from a country in the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda)

  • Has a background in a One Health discipline (e.g., environmental sciences, veterinary sciences and social sciences)

  • Performed exceptionally well on all stages of the admission process (e.g., application, exam and interview)

One Health Scholarship

Challenges in global health delivery frequently emerge at the interface of human, animal, and natural systems. UGHE is at the forefront of a paradigm shift in training and providing students with the opportunity to explore these complex challenges through a One Health approach. To promote this interdisciplinary perspective on health, UGHE has established the One Health Scholarship. This will be awarded to incoming MGHD candidates with a background in a One Health discipline (e.g., environmental, veterinary and social sciences). Tuition support will be awarded to an MGHD candidate with a demonstrated commitment to equity and a strong desire to investigate the interdependencies of human, animal, and natural systems that contribute to global health delivery. Award distribution will be determined after a careful evaluation of each candidate’s application and financial need.


The total cost to enroll as a member of the MGHD Class of 2021 is outlined below.

The combined Tuition and Related Fees must be paid according to a schedule agreed upon between each MGHD student and UGHE’s Financial Office. To accept a place in the MGHD Class of 2021, admitted students will be required to make a one-time deposit of $900 USD within fourteen (14) days of receiving their scholarship letters. Deposits are credited towards the Tuition and Related Fees. Students are also required to pay a one-time technology fee of $100 USD for use of a UGHE laptop throughout the program.

Tuition = $44,000 USD

Room and Board = $10,000 USD

Total = $54,000

*Tuition and Related Fees for the MGHD Class of 2021 include all required learning materials, room, board, and transportation for intensive sessions, and a laptop computer to use for the duration of the program.




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